No winner in US lottery draw, jackpot rises to whopping $1.3bn

2016-01-10 14:13


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New York -The jackpot for the US Powerball lottery rose to a whopping $1.3bn early on Sunday after organisers said there was no winner in the weekend draw.

The Powerball prize rocketed to $950m on Saturday, fueling a frenzy of lotto ticket buying across the United States.

Numbers were drawn and announced late on Saturday at (03:59 GMT on Sunday) - but hours later lottery officials said there was no winner.

"There was NO JACKPOT WINNER in tonight's #Powerball. We are OFFICIALLY #InSearchofaBILLIONAIRE ($1.3 BILLION)!" the lottery of the District of Columbia, where the US capital is located, wrote on Twitter around 07:00 GMT on Sunday.

According to the rules, the winner can choose to be paid the full jackpot in annual installments over 29 years, or take a lower one-off payment in cash.

The cash for the new jackpot would amount to $806m before taxes, according to the official Powerball site.

Drawings for the Powerball jackpot began on November 7, and despite a new series of numbers announced every Wednesday and Saturday since, no winner has been declared.

Americans with dreams of life-changing riches have been flocking for days to buy lottery tickets and a chance at winning a life-changing tsunami of wealth.

In the Powerball lottery five white balls are drawn from a drum containing 69 balls. One red one is pulled from a drum with 26 balls.

The jackpot prize requires a ticket holder to match all the numbers on the six balls selected.

The current prize shatters the previous record for a US lottery jackpot of $656m, scooped by three winning tickets in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas in March 2012.

The next drawing is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, organisers said.

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